Acuity Brands Offers Complete Indoor Positioning Service (IPS) Solution

Acuity Brands, Inc. announced a complete, end-to-end indoor positioning services (IPS) solution comprised of two Atrius™ Internet of Things (IoT) platform services: Atrius™ Navigator software development kit (SDK), and Atrius™ Insights spatial analytics web application. The Atrius™ Navigator SDK utilizes cloud-based services and administrative tools. Acuity Brands says that the Atrius indoor positioning solution (IPS) helps businesses create applications that enhance business operation.

Acuity Brands Atrius Insights on bigger display screen and Atrius Navigator-based Mobile App

Acuity Brands Atrius Insights on bigger display screen and Atrius Navigator-based mobile App

Atrius Navigator SDK Allows Development of Mobile Apps with IPS and LBS

According to Acuity, the Atrius Navigator SDK enables the development of mobile applications that offer IPS and location-based services (LBS). Such IPS and location-based services include proximity marketing, point of interest search, wayfinding (blue dot navigation), and geo-fencing. Atrius Navigator services get data from luminaires enabled with Atrius technology using Bluetooth® Low Energy and/or Visible Light Communication.

These technologies form a dense Atrius Sensory Network that canvasses indoor and adjacent outdoor environments to accurately and precisely give a customer using a specialized app their location inside a building. Both the BlueTooth and VLC technology act as location beacons giving the location of each light. The data from multiple lights is converted into a precise indoor location.

“Most IPS systems require installing and maintaining beacons, but with our Atrius Sensory Network, the hardware is embedded into our luminaires so you get an adaptable solution with superior coverage and ubiquity, plus cost savings from energy efficiency,” said Acuity Technology Group senior vice president of software products, Greg Carter.

Atrius Insights Transforms IPS and LBS Data into Spacial Analytics

Atrius Insights compiles all of this location data from Atrius or third-party indoor positioning systems over time and uses map-based visualization to transform the data into spacial analytics. Thus, Atrius Insights can provide both real-time and historical intelligence on where and when visitors spend their time in a space. The analysis includes traffic flow and congestion, dwell times, number of first time and return visits, and visit volume by time of day.

“Atrius Navigator and Insights complete the IPS solution, providing full integration into a mobile app along with real-time analytics to advance the way customers experience a space, and how businesses manage real-time operations and services,” said Carter. “We’re excited by the prospect of furthering innovation in the IPS and LBS spaces with these next-generation Atrius IoT tools.”